DALLAS // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B) today released a statement following Gregory Meyer's announcement of his self-nomination to the company's Board of Directors.
"Blockbuster strongly supports James W. Crystal and the other members in the company's slate for election as members of the board of directors," said Jim Keyes, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Blockbuster. "Jim Crystal is very important for his experience with the company during the last three years and invaluable assistance in Blockbuster's plans for recapitalization of the company and the transformation of our business model. His continuity in board service, along with the others on the company's slate, will play a key role in our success at Blockbuster.
"We remain committed to our work to recapitalize and continue to transform Blockbuster into a multi-channel provider of media entertainment, and believe that our slate of board members provide the essential experience, understanding and continuity to guide the company and deliver the best value for all of our shareholders.
"While we have an appreciation for Mr. Gregory Meyer's investment and interest in the company, those are not sufficient reasons for his candidacy for the board. We are disappointed Mr. Meyer is pursuing a costly and disruptive proxy contest. A proxy contest can only serve as a distraction to the company when attention and resources would be better used in creating value for stakeholders by implementing our strategic plan. We assure all of our constituencies that we remain committed, as always, to doing what is right for our shareholders, debt holders, employees, and customers," concluded Mr. Keyes.
Blockbuster Inc. is a leading global provider of rental and retail movie and game entertainment. The company provides customers with convenient access to media entertainment anywhere, any way they want it - whether in-store, by-mail, through vending kiosks or digitally to their homes and mobile devices. With a highly recognized brand and a library of more than 125,000 movie and game titles, Blockbuster leverages its multichannel presence to serve nearly 47 million global customers annually.
Stockholders are urged to read Blockbuster's definitive proxy statement when it becomes available because it will contain important information regarding Blockbuster's annual meeting of stockholders to be held on May 26, 2010. Stockholders and other interested parties may obtain, free of charge, copies of the proxy statement (when available), and any other documents filed by Blockbuster with the SEC, at the SEC's Internet website at www.sec.gov. The proxy statement (when available) and these other documents may also be obtained free of charge by contacting Morrow & Co., Inc., the firm assisting Blockbuster in the solicitation of proxies, toll-free at 1-800-607-0088.
Blockbuster and certain of its directors and executive officers may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from Blockbuster's stockholders in respect of the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders. Information regarding the interests of such persons, including such persons' beneficial ownership of Blockbuster common stock is set forth in Blockbuster's preliminary proxy statement, filed April 6, 2010, and Blockbuster's definitive proxy statement to be filed on or around April 16, 2010 with respect to the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders.
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SOURCE Blockbuster Inc.